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In less than 10 minutes, we’ll get you up to speed on all the news you missed overnight. Throughout the morning, Marketplace’s David Brancaccio will bring you the latest business and economic stories you need to know to start your day. And before U.S. markets open, you’ll get a global markets update from the BBC World Service in London. 

Episode Date
Job openings rose a lot…but so did unemployment

Today’s jobs report is in the books, and it showed something that economists didn’t expect: a rise in unemployment combined with a huge boost in the number of jobs added. FHN Financial Chief Economist Christopher Low explains what the data could mean, including that the quality of job openings could be falling. Plus, what’s inside the debt deal that passed the Senate last night? And finally, economist Monica de Bolle helps break down what’s gone so wrong in Argentina’s economy.

Jun 02, 2023
Debt ceiling drama — done

President Biden overcame the final legislative hurdle to raising the nation’s debt ceiling last night as the Senate voted 63-36 in favor of the compromise agreement struck with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last weekend. We look at what’s in the final agreement as it goes to the White House for the final sign-off. And finally, Argentina’s economy is in tatters as people deal with inflation over 100% — the BBC’s Leanna Byrne explains how that’s been affecting people on the ground.

Jun 02, 2023
Fresh U.S. sanctions on Sudan as fighting rages

From the BBC World Service: Sudanese companies and individuals have been hit with new economic restrictions as an intense power struggle continues to cause devastation in the country. Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, a U.S.-based policy analyst, believes it will take more than just sanctions to end the conflict. iPhone maker Foxconn has followed through on a plan to expand production into India by the end of the year. And find out why the pandemic has changed how we eat lunch at work.

Jun 02, 2023
Finding Your Place: a special report on the economics of homelessness

How did homelessness become such a defining and intractable economic issue in America? What are the root causes of the recent rise in homelessness, and more importantly, how do we fix it? In this special report, we delve into six different facets of the fight against homelessness to get a better sense of what people have been going through — and what that can tell us about how to tackle the issue that’s been vexing mayors and legislators across the nation for decades.

Jun 02, 2023
Caught between a job and homelessness

Part of the advice normally prescribed as a “cure” to homelessness is getting a job. But what happens when the work people do still isn’t enough to afford a place to live? A new study from the Economic Roundtable nonprofit delves into the surprisingly-high rate of homelessness amongst California fast food workers. Plus, businesses in some resort towns are offering subsidies for landlords to rent to local workers.

Jun 01, 2023
A bipartisan vote sends the debt deal to the Senate

After a bipartisan vote on the debt deal in the House of Representatives last night, the compromise legislation looks to be on its way to becoming law. We look at what the spending cuts in the bill, totaling about $1.5 trillion, could mean for the economy. Plus, organizations that provide services to people experiencing homelessness are finding it hard to staff enough workers. And finally, Amazon has agreed to pay $31 million to settle allegations that it improperly handled the data of children collected by its Alexa voice assistant.

Jun 01, 2023
Dubai, Abu Dhabi broaden incomes with tax hike

From the BBC World Service: The United Arab Emirates, for many years a zero-tax economy, has introduced new corporate tax rates for businesses. That comes as the country’s government seeks to move away from reliance on oil revenues. Plus, the BBC’s Nkechi Ogbonna reports from Nigeria, where a planned end to oil subsidies has led to a rush in people stocking up at fuel depots.

Jun 01, 2023
Hollywood choreographers are looking to unionize, too

It’s not just Hollywood writers who have been lobbying for better working conditions — TV and film choreographers are also working toward establishing a fully-fledged union. We look at what workers want and what that could mean for the entertainment industry. Plus, we delve into the deep connection between two chronic and often-intertwined problems in America: mental health and homelessness.

May 31, 2023
In some places, living unsheltered could become a crime

There are moves afoot in numerous states and cities to criminalize elements of homelessness, including living in encampments. As part of our ongoing “Finding Your Place” series exploring the issue, we talk to Ann Oliva, CEO of the nonpartisan National Alliance to End Homelessness, about these moves and what they say about the debate over how to handle the unhoused crisis. Plus, a group of players in the AI space has issued a stark warning that calls for greater regulation of the technology. And finally, the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, has reached a $6 billion opioid settlement that also shields those individuals from civil liability.

May 31, 2023
Is AI really a risk to humanity? Some CEOs say the opposite

From the BBC World Service: Tech industry leaders have repeated calls for controls on artificial intelligence to protect humanity. But Greg Jackson, CEO of Octopus Energy in the UK, says it’s transforming work for the better. And in Ukraine, the BBC’s Joe Tidy reports how demand for drones is skyrocketing as a new front emerges in its conflict with Russia.

May 31, 2023
Boeing and Airbus might have a new rival: China

China’s nascent civilian plane-making industry notched a recent win when the Comac C919, the country’s first domestically-produced passenger jet, carried a cabin full of passengers for the first time. We look at what that could mean for the established aviation duopoly of Boeing and Airbus. Plus, this week should be no short of economic news, according to Julia Coronado, president of MacroPolicy Perspectives. And, a look at how initiatives to address homelessness are being slowed by a lack of government funding.

May 30, 2023
Finding Your Place: How unaffordable housing drives homelessness

If there’s been a defining trend in American cities thus far in the 21st century, it’s been the rise of housing prices to astronomical levels. That’s also meant a huge increase in the number of people who aren’t able to afford a place to live, according to Gregg Colburn, a professor at the University of Washington who co-authored the book “Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns.” We spoke with him as part of our new “Finding Your Place” series exploring the reality of homelessness in America. And finally, the debt ceiling deal struck over the weekend faces a legislative test in Congress.

May 30, 2023
iPhone manufacturer hikes pay ahead of new model launch

From the BBC World Service: Ahead of the launch of a new iPhone model, Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up efforts to recruit more workers for the world’s largest iPhone factory. Delegates from 175 countries are meeting in Paris for a major conference on ending plastic pollution. In Portugal, the housing crisis is getting worse, despite new government measures to try to control it; in Lisbon, the average rent is now three times the minimum wage.

May 30, 2023
Now that there’s a debt deal, what does it need to pass?

President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced this weekend that they had struck an agreement on raising the nation’s debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts over the next two years. We look at what’s in the joint proposal, and why its passage in Congress may involve wrangling the votes of holdout legislators. Plus, one factor that’s contributing to rising rents and house prices are demographic trends, including more people living alone. And, a look at how Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” film is boosting businesses that make “real” mermaid tails.

May 29, 2023
Memorial Day travel is up, but RV sales aren’t

It’s Memorial Day, which means lots and lots of people across the country are on the move in their cars and campers. But even as the holiday travel season is expected to break records, sales of new RVs are not following suit. Plus, Turkish President Erdogan has won a second term in office following a runoff election on Sunday. And finally, we talk with the BBC’s Will Bain about what the CEO of Binance, one of the major crypto trading firms, had to say about the future of regulation in the digital currency space.

May 29, 2023
Turkey’s President Erdogan wins another term in office

From the BBC World Service: Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan has secured another five years in power. We look at what went on during Sunday’s election. It’s the 70th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, but you’ll need a lot of cash to follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Despite Lebanon’s economy being in disarray, the club scene in its capital, Beirut is still going strong.

May 29, 2023
Inflation rose again. Will that sway the Fed on rates?

The Fed’s interest rate fight just got more complicated — the central bank’s preferred gauge of inflation indicated that prices rose 0.4% last month, a speed-up from the previous month that saw a 0.1% increase. We talk to Christopher Low, chief economist at FHN Financial, about what that could mean for interest rates. And finally, a look at how drag show businesses in Nashville are doing amid the state’s attempted crackdown.

May 26, 2023
Hopes rising in Washington for a done debt deal

The deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling is fast approaching, but if signals from top Congressional Republicans and the Biden administration are to be believed, a deal may be imminent. We look at the latest developments in the saga. Plus, schools are on the frontline of what the Surgeon General called social media’s harmful effects on young people. And finally, there’s a whole industry around mock-up mermaid tails that’s getting a boost from Disney’s The Little Mermaid film releasing today.

May 26, 2023
Could Turkey’s President Erdogan secure another term in office?

From the BBC World Service: Voters in Turkey head to the polls on Sunday for a runoff second-round presidential election. We look at the likelihood of a win for incumbent President Erdogan. Plus, pasta prices in Italy have soared over the past year due to high energy costs, bad weather and supply chain disruption; but there may be some good news on the horizon.

May 26, 2023
In most cities, you’re better off renting than buying a place

The conventional wisdom of old said that more often than not, buying a place to live is cheaper than renting. That’s no longer the case except for four major U.S. cities — Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Houston. We look at how housing prices have gotten so high and why they’re likely to stay elevated. Plus, the AI boom is driving up demand for microchips, but there are still barriers the industry faces like geopolitical tensions and supply chains. And finally, the BBC reports on a proposal in Spain to subsidize bars in rural towns, which often serve as community social hubs in the countryside.

May 25, 2023
Is critical U.S. infrastructure safe from foreign hackers?

Microsoft and intelligence agencies are warning that a hacking group sponsored by the Chinese government has infiltrated critical infrastructure in the U.S. We look at the evolving situation and what’s been said so far. Plus, Germany’s economy has fallen into a technical recession after two straight quarters of negative growth driven by low consumer spending. And, voters in Turkey go to the polls again this weekend to vote in the presidential runoff election — older people are considering how high inflation could affect their economic wellbeing.

May 25, 2023
Germany’s economy slips into recession as consumers hold back

From the BBC World Service: A recession is commonly defined as the economy shrinking in two successive quarters — that’s just what’s happened to Germany, mainly because higher energy prices have hit household budgets and that’s put the brakes on spending. It’s Europe’s biggest economy, so what’s the wider impact? Plus, the International Monetary Fund has approved a multi-billion dollar loan for Ivory Coast. And, we hear from rural Spain where a plan is being considered to help subsidize bars in depopulated areas which have become vital community hubs in a country where 90% of the population lives in urban areas.

May 25, 2023
The party’s over — Netflix unveils its password-sharing crackdown

It’s finally happening. After a slew of setbacks, Netflix has finally released details on its password-sharing crackdown, including an $8 per month fee for people wanting to share account details outside of their respective households. We look into how slowing subscriber growth has played into the company’s decision. Plus, the BBC reports on France’s new law prohibiting short-haul flights between destinations that also have a train connection that would take under 2.5 hours. And, we talk with Yeshiva University professor Abraham Ravid about the origins of the Hollywood writers’ strike.

May 24, 2023
One casualty of tighter pocketbooks: healthcare

A new report from the Fed paints an alarming picture for many people’s personal finances — a growing number of Americans are deciding to forgo healthcare coverage because of the cost. We look at what that means for people’s well-being and what it says about the economy. Plus, enrollment at community colleges is up this year, especially in programs that focus on the culinary arts. And finally, a chat with Steven Durlauf, professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, about new research that delves into how generational wealth is created.

May 24, 2023
France is cutting flights, but will the move cut carbon?

From the BBC World Service: A few years ago, France came up with an idea to cut carbon emissions — reduce some short domestic flights and that’s now been signed into law. It affects flights where there’s an option to take a train in less than two-and-a-half hours instead. But how comprehensive and impactful will it really be? And, another industry under scrutiny is steelmaking which is responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions. We hear from a project in northern Sweden where they’re trying to do away with old carbon-intensive coal-fired blast furnaces.

May 24, 2023
Which dominoes fall first if the debt ceiling is breached?

As negotiators try to avert a U.S. government debt default, there are questions about what spending would be first on the chopping block in a doomsday scenario. We look at how a potential debt limit breach could play out, starting with benefit checks and public sector salaries. Plus, a check-in with Dr. David Kelly, Chief Global Strategist at JPMorgan Funds, about how investors think the Fed should act at its next interest-rate-setting meeting. And finally, This is Uncomfortable host Reema Khrais tells us about the podcast’s most recent season delving into the business of women selling their eggs.

May 23, 2023
Let the TikTok legal battles begin

TikTok has filed the first legal challenge against Montana’s statewide ban on the social media platform since the law was enacted earlier this month. We look at what both sides are likely to argue in the upcoming court battle. Plus, electric-vehicle makers are looking to shore up their supplies of lithium, a key ingredient in batteries, as competition for the resource intensifies. And finally, work requirements for social benefit programs like SNAP — formerly known as food stamps — are on the table as the White House and Congress race toward a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

May 23, 2023
How China became a global auto giant

From the BBC World Service: China is now the world’s biggest exporter of cars, helped by a massive growth in electric vehicle production. We look at how it caught up to more established brands. Plus, Thailand’s radical decriminalization of cannabis last year has led to a boom in marijuana-related businesses. But a recent election could lead to a U-turn in the way the country treats the drug.

May 23, 2023
EU levies biggest-ever data privacy fine against Meta

European regulators announced today that Meta, Facebook’s parent company, would have to pay a $1.3 billion fine for violating EU rules around internet users’ data privacy. We delve into what went into the decision, as well as what it means for the company going forward. Plus, we check in with Julia Coronado, president of the National Association for Business Economics, about what the group’s latest survey of economists says about the likelihood of a recession on the horizon. And, there’s a move toward “green steel” that’s seeking to de-carbonize the heavily-polluting steelmaking industry.

May 22, 2023
Inside the discriminatory origins of welfare work requirements

The scramble to raise the nation’s debt ceiling has featured prominent calls by Republicans to impose stricter work requirements for recipients of welfare. But today’s debate on Capitol Hill stems from a much older fight over how the poor qualify for benefits. We spoke with Krissy Clark, host of Marketplace’s investigative podcast The Uncertain Hour, about how racial bias played into the formation and early implementation of the rules we know today. And, this summer travel season may be record-setting, according to experts, as the pandemic emergency officially comes to an end worldwide.

May 22, 2023
China strikes back with its own chip ban

From the BBC World Service: Microchips power everything from cars to smartphones, and they’re now at the center of a global power struggle. The U.S. has been restricting China’s access to high-end chips in recent months, all in the name of national security. Now China has hit back, banning some of the chips made by U.S. firm Micron. We look at the method behind the move. Plus, there’s been an election in Greece where the economy was a key issue. So how is the country faring years after the debt crisis? And, we hear from pop star Jason Derulo on the investments he’s made away from music.

May 22, 2023
What’s it going to take to get a debt ceiling deal?

There’s optimism from congressional leaders and the White House that we could see a vote on some sort of legislation to raise or suspend the debt limit as early as next week. But the clock is still ticking. We’re getting closer to June 1, the date that the Treasury Department has said could be when the U.S. runs out of money to pay its bills. Ian Bremmer, president of the risk consultancy Eurasia Group, breaks down the political standoff. And, the repercussions of a Supreme Court ruling yesterday that pop artist Andy Warhol violated copyright law in his creation of a silkscreen portrait of the musician Prince. Will it stifle creativity for artists going forward?

May 19, 2023
The internet as we know it is still intact

That’s because internet platforms are hanging on to a key legal shield that protects them from being liable for what users post. That shield is called Section 230, and the Supreme Court sidestepped directly addressing it in a pair of rulings that came out Thursday. We have more on the two cases that sought to make social media sites liable for terrorist content. Also, congressional leaders and the White House say there’s at least some progress on negotiations to raise or suspend the debt limit. And, the latest stop on Taylor Swift’s tour, which is selling out venues across the country. The tour’s economic impact is one few other artists can replicate.

May 19, 2023
Russian diamonds added to sanctions

From the BBC World Service: Russian diamonds are being added to the latest round of sanctions as the leaders of the G-7 nations meet in Hiroshima, Japan. The BBC’s Nick Marsh reports from there. Plus, the cost of the floods in northwest Italy will be in the billions of dollars. We hear from two people affected. And, finally, what’s the environmental cost of surfing? The BBC’s Clare Marshall has been finding out.

May 19, 2023
Unemployment claims are no longer ultra low

The labor market is still tight, don’t get us wrong. Many employers are still looking for workers. And the economy is so resilient that the Fed has reason to be worried about sticky inflation. But all that said, jobless claims are ticking up. We’re keeping an eye on that with Diane Swonk, chief economist at KPMG. Plus, Russia has agreed to extend a deal allowing Ukrainian grain exports to safely travel out of the Black Sea. This helps both Ukraine and the lower-income countries that could use some relief from high food prices. And, why the unemployment rate for younger workers is so high in China.

May 18, 2023
Americans are spending on gambling

New data from the American Gaming Association show that revenues for the legal gambling industry totaled almost $17 billion in just the first three months of the year. Plus, a major opioid crisis settlement between the city of San Francisco and Walgreens. The city’s attorney says it’s the biggest award to a municipality in a case involving opioids. And, public spending on preschool has stagnated for two decades when you adjust for inflation, according to a new report. A big part of increasing public support for early education is finding more teachers.

May 18, 2023
Black Sea grain keeps flowing — for now

From the BBC World Service: An agreement allowing Ukraine to export millions of metric tons of grain through the Black Sea, despite Russia’s ongoing war, has been extended. The deal will allay concerns over global food supplies, but it only lasts 60 days. And, the British telecoms group BT plans to shed 40% of its staff in the coming years as part of a major shake-up. Plus, as end-of-year college exams loom, we look at the impact of apps like ChatGPT on the world of education.

May 18, 2023
For the first time since early pandemic, supply chains have capacity to spare

That’s according to a new report this week from the consulting group GEP. And it’s partly because companies have been able to get rid of their mountains of unsold stuff. Plus, more data on consumer behavior in this economy. Big-box retailers are seeing sales stagnate some, but there are some bright spots in housing construction data. And, the rise of Wrexham. The economics behind a small Welsh soccer team’s ascension, thanks to some Hollywood investment.

May 17, 2023
“Economic coercion” is on the G-7 agenda

Economic coercion is essentially economic bullying. And later this week at the Group of Seven summit in Japan, the U.S. and its allies are expected to tackle this problem. There are many examples of this form of economic retaliation, and recently China’s economic policies are under scrutiny. We speak with someone whose jobs it is to address these international economic issues, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Plus, we look at the Biden administration’s latest challenge to a big corporate merger, this time in the pharmaceutical industry.

May 17, 2023
Europe is leading on AI laws. Will the U.S. follow?

From the BBC World Service: As the ChatGPT creator warns of the dangers of artificial intelligence, we hear from a European lawmaker involved in drawing up the world’s first comprehensive AI legislation. He thinks the U.S. will follow suit. And, we look at how Welsh soccer club Wrexham has fared under the ownership of American actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. They’ve helped turn the club’s fortunes around and have become the poster boys for U.S. investment in European soccer.

May 17, 2023
Revisiting the banking bedlam this year

There are multiple congressional hearings underway today to take a look back at what happened with the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank earlier this year. In the Senate, we’re hearing from former executives of those banks. In the House of Representatives, the Federal Reserve’s top banking watchdog and other regulators are speaking. Also today: we have the latest data on retail sales. Consumers appear to be holding up pretty strong. And lastly, why you might be paying more for flood insurance.

May 16, 2023
AI is on Capitol Hill today

Generative artificial intelligence has gripped the world’s imagination with its potential to disrupt our economy and way of life. The Senate is tackling that today in a hearing which includes the chief executive of OpenAI. Plus, add up everything all of us consumers in this country owe and you will get … a bill of more than $17 trillion. What can this household debt number tell us about where the economy’s headed? And, a change to Medicare that Congress is considering which could save the federal government as much as $150 billion over a decade.

May 16, 2023
Game on? Europe approves Microsoft’s Activision deal

From the BBC World Service: The European Union has given the green light to Microsoft’s $68 billion acquisition of Call of Duty-maker Activision Blizzard. Meanwhile, the U.K. antitrust regulator is standing firm on its view the transaction will be bad for consumers, and it’s still being challenged in the U.S. Plus, telecommunications giant Vodafone is cutting 10% of its workforce after missing targets. And, the Sudanese film industry has reached a major milestone: a movie from the country has made the official selection at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time.

May 16, 2023
How did Turkey’s economy play a role in election voting?

Or maybe we should be asking how it’s continuing to play a role in voters’ decisions. The presidential election in Turkey is, after all, headed to a runoff after no candidate was able to secure at least half the vote. We check in with reporter Victoria Craig in Ankara for the latest, including how the candidates are approaching the economic situation in Turkey. Plus, a new Marketplace podcast looks to break down the basics about money and financial literacy, lessons we should all get when we’re younger but often don’t. The show is called “Financially Inclined.”

May 15, 2023
The latest fossil fuel industry merger

They’re not exactly household names, but ONEOK and Magellan Midstream Partners are coming together in a deal valued at nearly $20 billion to create a behemoth in the energy industry. The deal will give ONEOK, which transports natural gas, a new role in the oil business. Plus, we use the news of a big Peloton recall to look at where the company is headed next. And, China’s government says it is open to foreign investors and businesses now that it has declared victory over COVID. But foreign businesses aren’t quite so sure they’re really welcomed.

May 15, 2023
Turkey’s presidential election heads for runoff

From the BBC World Service: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is leading the presidential election, but he’s just shy of winning a key 50% of the vote. That means a runoff with opposition candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is expected in a few weeks. Victoria Craig joins us from Ankara for more. Plus, the BBC’s Leonardo Rocha reports on Argentina as it raises interest rates to 97%. And, China announces a raft of measures aimed at encouraging couples to have children.


May 15, 2023
How conflict in Sudan is spilling into the global economy

The civil conflict between rival military factions in Sudan has carried a big human cost thus far — over 600 people have died so far, according to the UN. Some knock-on effects of the conflict are also appearing in the global economy. We chat with the BBC’s Will Bain about how the global supply of gum arabic, a raw material used in a bevy of consumer products, is at risk. And, we check in with Christopher Low, chief economist at FHN Financial, on how people in financial circles are reacting to the debt ceiling fight in Washington.

May 12, 2023
Are the days of sky-high egg prices behind us?

One of the highlights from this week’s Consumer Price Index inflation report: prices for “food at home” fell for a second month. We look at how egg prices have tumbled from their highs earlier this year. Plus, today’s planned debt ceiling negotiations between President Biden and Congressional leaders have been scrapped, but both sides are saying it’s not a sign of a wider breakdown in talks. And, the BBC’s Victoria Craig reports from Turkey on how the war in Ukraine has affected housing prices in some Turkish cities.

May 12, 2023
Turkey goes to the polls in pivotal election

From the BBC World Service: Polls are tight in Turkey ahead of this Sunday’s crucial presidential election, where the faltering economy is in the spotlight. We look at what both candidates are saying as voters head to the polls. Plus, the UK economy is doing better than expected, according to the latest GDP figures, which are up 0.1%. And, Liverpool in the UK is expecting an economic boost as it prepares to host the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.

May 12, 2023
Google races to catch up in big tech’s AI craze

Google is pushing in its chips to compete with OpenAI and other big tech companies in the race to develop increasingly complex artificial intelligence. We look at what the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, had to say about the ongoing AI arms race going on in Silicon Valley and how Google is planning to compete. Plus, the Bank of England has hiked interest rates, which comes at a time of economic stagnation in addition to eye-watering inflation. And, we chat with Bob Brown of The CPA Solution about the biggest municipal fraud scheme in U.S. history.

May 11, 2023